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As expansion teams (first year franchises) for the 1995-96 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies had to choose 27 unprotected players from other NBA teams in the expansion draft on June 24, 1995.[1][2] The event was broadcast on NBC from NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Grizzlies won a coin flip over the Raptors and took the sixth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft; as a result the Raptors received the first selection and the right to select fourteen players in the expansion draft.[3]

The Toronto Raptors were established on September 30, 1993 when the NBA, as part of its expansion into Canada, awarded its 28th franchise to a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove.[4] The Vancouver Grizzlies became the league's 29th franchise after the NBA's Board of Governors accepted them on April 27, 1994.[3] The Raptors, along with the Grizzlies, played their first games in 1995, and were the first NBA teams based in Canada since the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies.[4]



The 27 NBA teams were allowed to protect eight players. Toronto and Vancouver could waive their right to select a player who made more than the league's then average annual salary of $2.65 million.[5] Thus, while not every team had to lose a player in the draft, no team could lose more than one player of the two or three that were left unprotected.


 *  A restricted free agent after the 1994-95 NBA season, becomes an unrestricted free agent when selected in this draft.

Toronto Raptors

Number Player Position Former team
1 B.J. Armstrong point guard Chicago Bulls
3 Tony Massenburg small forward Los Angeles Clippers
5 Andres Guibert power forward Minnesota Timberwolves
7 Keith Jennings* point guard Golden State Warriors
9 Dontonio Wingfield* shooting guard Seattle SuperSonics
11 Doug Smith* forward Dallas Mavericks
13 Jerome Kersey forward Portland Trail Blazers
15 Zan Tabak center Houston Rockets
17 Willie Anderson shooting guard San Antonio Spurs
19 Ed Pinckney forward Milwaukee Bucks
21 Acie Earl power forward Boston Celtics
23 B.J. Tyler guard Philadelphia 76ers
25 John Salley power forward/center Miami Heat
27 Oliver Miller power forward Detroit Pistons

Vancouver Grizzlies

Number Player Position Former team
2 Greg Anthony point guard New York Knicks
4 Rodney Dent center Orlando Magic
6 Antonio Harvey power forward Los Angeles Lakers
8 Reggie Slater* power forward/center Denver Nuggets
10 Trevor Ruffin* point guard Phoenix Suns
12 Derrick Phelps* point guard Sacramento Kings
14 Larry Stewart power forward Washington Wizards
16 Kenny Gattison power forward Charlotte Hornets
18 Byron Scott shooting guard Indiana Pacers
20 Gerald Wilkins small forward Cleveland Cavaliers
22 Benoit Benjamin center New Jersey Nets
24 Doug Edwards forward Atlanta Hawks
26 Blue Edwards shooting guard Utah Jazz


  1. ^ "Charlotte Bobcats-All-Time NBA Expansion Draft Results". Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia-NBA Expansion Draft Results". Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  3. ^ a b "The NBA Settles North of the Border". Retrieved 2009-09-01.  
  4. ^ a b "Laying the Groundwork for the NBA in Toronto". Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  5. ^ Young, Chris. "NBA teams leave slim pickings at draft table". Toronto Star: pp. E12.  


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